Government Quotes

Our government... teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.
– Louis D. Brandeis
To declare that in the administration of criminal law the end justifies the means to declare that the Government may commit crimes in order to secure conviction of a private criminal would bring terrible retribution.
– Louis D. Brandeis
The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to create rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.
– William J. Brennan, Jr.
The Imperial German Government will not expect the Government of the United States to omit any word or any act necessary to the performance of its sacred duty of maintaining the rights of the United States and its citizens and of safeguarding their free exercise and enjoyment.
– William Jennings Bryan
The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.
– William F. Buckley, Jr.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
– Edmund Burke
Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes.
– George W. Bush
Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution.
– Michael Badnarik
Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.
– Harry Browne
The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised.
– John C. Calhoun
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
– Albert Camus
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
– Sebastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
– John Jay Chapman
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
– G. K. Chesterton
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
– Sir Winston Churchill
I don't believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government policy solely because of a contribution.
– Bill Clinton
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
– Confucius
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
– Confucius
Institutions - government, churches, industries, and the like - have properly no other function than to contribute to human freedom; and in so far as they fail, on the whole, to perform this function, they are wrong and need reconstruction.
– Charles Horton Cooley
The government of the United States is a device for maintaining in perpetuity the rights of the people, with the ultimate extinction of all privileged classes.
– Calvin Coolidge